DevOps Classroom Series – 20/Dec/2020

Ansible playbook structure

  • Playbooks are expressed in the form of YAML files
  • Ansible Playbook structure Refer Here
- name: <name of the play>
  hosts: <which hosts this playbook has to be executed>
  become: <yes/no> # This will execute with root previleges
    - name: <name of the task>
        <module-parameter-1>: <value-1>
        state: <value of the stated>

  • Lets write a playbook to install lamp stack on ubuntu instance Refer Here
  • Ensure Visual Studio code is installed on your machine and ansible extension is installed Preview Preview Preview
  • Refer Here for the first set of changes
  • Lets apply the playbook Preview Preview Preview
  • Ansible has executed the playbook and it executes 1 extra task (Gathering Facts)
  • Now lets try to install apache packages
sudo apt install php libapache2-mod-php php-mysql php-cli -y
  • Refer Here for the changes done
  • Execute the ansible playbook Preview
  • In the output changed represent ansible has done some execution to meet the desired state, OK means desired state is already met
  • Lets execute the same playbook again, In this case there will no changed as the desired state is met as a result of previous execution Preview
  • So when ansible is executing it is trying to maintain the state.
  • Now the next manual step is create a file, lets use copy the file from ansible control server to node Refer Here Preview Preview

Deploying a tomcat application

  • Steps:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jdk -y
sudo apt-get install tomcat8 -y
sudo -i # become a root user
cd /var/lib/tomcat8/webapps
# Now navigate to http://publicip:8080/gameoflife
  • Tip: Search the following in google
apt in ansible


  • Now to download the file google Preview

  • Execute the playbook for yaml Refer Here Preview

  • We Still need to understand

    • How ansible is configured
    • How ansible is executing modules on the remote nodes
    • How can i make ansible work with different python versions.
    • Playbook optimizations
  • Exercise:

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